Banjo Art Displayed at Washington Gallery

Picturing the Banjo, the first exhibit to emphasize the instrument’s symbolism in American art, is underway at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the oldest art gallery in Washington, D.C. Organized by the Palmer Museum of Art at Pennsylvania State University, the exhibit features paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture and decorative arts dating back to the 18th century. Included are banjo images by such artists as Thomas Hart Benton, William Sidney Mount and Norman Rockwell. A series of related lectures and performances include a Jan. 30 concert by folk musician Mike Seeger, who will be demonstrating banjo styles on six different instruments.